Parramatta carved up the Bulldogs last Sunday in a commanding 36-16 victory, a game headlined by Clinton Gutherson’s scoring efforts, Mitchell Moses’ perfect boot and the brilliant attacking play of Blake Ferguson. Just like Round 2, no fans will be in attendance, which again makes betting a little tricky following a lengthy two month break. The Cowboys, who are fresh from an injury depleted loss to the Broncos last Friday night, head into Saturday’s game against the Sharks as the underdog at home. The North Queensland Cowboys started round 3 with an intriguing clash with the Sydney Rooster on Thursday before the Canterbury Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels do battle in front of what will likely be a big crowd at ANZ Stadium. There was plenty of talk about off-field turmoil at the Rabbitohs before the start of the season, but if that was the case it has not affected their on-field performances as the Rabbitohs have been ruthless in their demolitions of both the Knights and the Roosters. There is no love lost between these two sides and this is always an interesting clash, but the last start form of both sides could not be any different. The Over has saluted in 14 of the past 25 games played by the Warriors and backing the over in Bulldogs games has also been a profitable betting play. The Panthers have won their past three games against the Bulldogs and their record against their rivals when favourites is nothing short of sensational – they have won their past six games against the Bulldogs as favourites and they are 5-1 against the line. These two sides met only once last year in a thrilling 30-28 Knights victory in Canberra. NRL Premiership. Friday 29 May, 7:55pm, Bankwest Stadium. The Brisbane Broncos have not played particularly well in either of their games this season, but in saying that they have never really looked like losing and they have several gears of improvement left in them. There really isn’t a great deal between these two teams this should be another tight affair. Sharks vs Wests Tigers, NRL 2020, Round 3. New Zealand have made a very promising start to the NRL season and they were surprisingly professional against the Gold Coast Titans last weekend. Brisbane overcame a week of off-field controversy and a shocking performance in their season opener to record a narrow win over the North Queensland Cowboys. Cody Walker is set to serve the first of his two-game suspension for last fortnight’s off-field incident, while James Roberts also looks less than certain to suit up due to health issues. Two of the last five meetings between the two have gone to overtime, but with homefield advantage again this week, the Raiders enter as the short-price favourite. Parra laid a bit of an egg in their 8-2 Round 1 win over the Bulldogs, so there’s a chance we see a repeat performance off a long break. The Dragons are close to even as a betting proposition against the line as home underdogs, but after their last performance it is very tough to get excited. The Titans find themselves as long outsiders in Friday night’s Queensland Derby up in Townsville. Get your free 2-week Foxtel Now trial & start watching in minutes. They have won only two of their past 12 games as away underdogs and their record against the line isn’t much better. Last year’s wooden spooners suffered a difficult draw to start the season with an away trip to Canberra followed by a 46-6 drubbing at the hands of the Eels in Round 2, and things aren’t about to get any easier against a Cowboys team playing with a serious point to prove. In contrast, the Sydney Roosters have beaten the line in all three of their games as underdogs in the past 12 months and the current line of 12 points seem far too large – the Roosters remain a much better team than their early season form suggests. The Dragons weren’t quite so fortunate against Souths last week. Wests Tigers Recommended Bet: Back The Cronulla Sharks To Win @ $1.92. The Cowboys will be looking to put their horrible round performance behind and punters clearly have as they are start to take this game as dominant $1.23 favourites. Newcastle Knights Wests Tigers looked as though they had turned a corner with their excellent performance against South Sydney in round one, but they were absolutely played off the park by the Penrith Panthers last weekend. The Broncos will start this game as favourites and they are 11-7 against the line in this scenario, but the Panthers are 4-2 with a points start in front of their home fans. Brisbane Broncos Friday 17 March, 8:05pm, CBus Super Stadium. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers – May 30 at 5:30 pm. Canberra are 5-2 straight-up as the home favourite over the last 12 months, and a less impressive 4-3 at the line. NRL Round 3 Betting Tips. These two split their two-game series one win apiece last year, but the Sharks have held the upper-hand over North Queensland winning three of the last five. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the Titans as they play on without AJ Brimson, making life even more difficult with another tough road assignment. Canterbury put up a fight in the first two rounds against Parramatta and North Queensland, but who knows what to expect from the Dogs this week with a handful of the clubs’ top stars out indefinitely. However, the Newcastle Knights have a very poor record as underdogs and they are 5-9 against the line in this situation, while they have won just two of their past 13 games as underdogs. The break couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Parramatta Eels. A 19-point win in the first QLD Derby has the Broncos up and about in preparation for Thursday’s visit by the Dragons. Vs The Warriors are a losing betting proposition as favourites over the past 12 months, while the Storm are 4-3 against the line as underdogs away from home. Canterbury went down to the Sydney Roosters last weekend in a thriller, but their were still some positives to take from the performance. The Roosters produced a much improved effort in round 2, but their halves were unable to take control of the game when it counted and they really should have been able to secure the two points. Penrith have been slow out of the blocks against both the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, but they have been able to finish over the top of their rivals. Speaking of stars, Michael Morgan remains sidelined following shoulder surgery, but other than the skipper’s absence, Paul Green is basically working with a full-strength squad. The Titans have won three of their past five games as home underdogs and they have won two of their past three games against the Dragons. John Morris’ side was competitive against the Bunnies in Round 1 and against the Storm in Round 2, but it became pretty clear that this club is now in the midst of a transition phase. Saturday 30 May, 5:30pm, Bankwest Stadium, Saturday 30 May, 5:30pm, Bankwest Stadium. Avatar Roar Guru . The Sea Eagles have won nine of their past 13 games as favourites, but they are a poor 5-8 against the line in this scenario. Gold Coast Titans Consistency continues to be an issue for the Tigers, but they do have a good record as away underdogs – they have won four of their past nine games in this scenario and they are 6-3 against the line. North Queensland Cowboys You should go ahead and enable this. Garth Brennan has remained stubborn naming an unchanged side this week, while Wayne Bennett has also chosen to stick with what’s working as the team awaits news on Greg Inglis’ shoulder. The Storm suffered a shock loss at the hands of the Wests Tigers, but they have not lost back-to-back games since 2015 and they will start this clash as favourites. The Grand Final rematch between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys is easily the highlight of another massive weekend in the NRL. However, although it’s tough to pick given limited lead-up form, we’re going to go with Wests Tigers to upset the Sharks. Melbourne were far too good for the Cowboys in the 2017 NRL Grand Final and they have won 11 of their 14 games as home favourites, while they are only a middling 7-7 against the line in this situation. The Penrith Panthers were very poor in the opening round of the season against the St George Illawarra Dragons, but they bounced back to their best against the Tigers last weekend in emphatic fashion. North Queensland are clearly the team to beat and they are 10-2 as home favourites in the past 12 months, but they are a poor 4-8 against the line in this situation. Just like they do every year, the Storm have also started the season 2-0 with wins over Manly and Cronulla.